Such materials are manufactured by a few international companies, who expressed their "inability" to supply on account of a complete glut in stocks and ban of exports by the source countries, the ministry said.
Only a limited quantity was offered and procured by the procurement organisation of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
The statement further said that the ministry is in touch with industry bodies, medical textiles manufacturers and suppliers since January 30 to augment the supply.
"Five indigenous manufacturers came forward and offered fabric proto-types for testing at the accredited laboratory of South India Textiles Research Association (SITRA) at Coimbatore," the ministry said.
All these attempts were directed at indigenous development of manufacturing sources as international supplies could not be possible.
The testing was done at SITRA and the results of fabric samples were referred to technical experts to consider and decide on the technical requirements for COVID-19, considering the information on nature and characteristics of SARS-COVID-2 virus known by to the medical experts, the statement added.
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare finalised the technical requirements on March 2.
The textiles ministry further said that so far proto type garments of six Indian manufacturers have passed the prescribed tests conducted at SITRA, and two more manufacturers are forthcoming as on date.
In addition, more and more manufacturers have been invited to offer their proto type samples, and come forward to meet the requirement of the government, it added.
The government has already banned exports of all personal protective equipment including Body Coveralls, N-95 Masks, 2-ply/3-ply surgical masks.
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